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Commission recap 10-13-2020: 2021 budget reflects growth and strength, despite COVID challenges

Grant PUD commissioners got their first look at a proposed $380.6 million budget for 2021 that invests in employees and critical assets, continues roll-out of key technology initiatives, controls costs, and doesn't raise rates.The budget aligns with Grant PUD's Strategic Plan and top priorities of Grant PUD customers — reliable electric service, go...
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Employee Health Screening Rules

The revised Health Screening Policy v3 goes into effect on Tuesday, June 16, at 12:01 a.m. The Health Screening Policy revisions include: Replacement of first- and second-hand reporting with a requirement to report close contacts (defined as employees or contractors who have been within 6 feet of a COVID positive or probable case for at least 15 mi...
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Public Power Week 2020

Since 1938 Grant PUD has been helping write the success story of public power. Grant PUD celebrates Public Power Week by honoring this history and our continued efforts to affordably and reliably serve our friends and neighbors. Grant PUD employees are proud to provide the county's power and wholesale fiber needs. This year our celebration of Publi...
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Commission recap 9-22-2020: Customer Cloud Service (CCS) nearing implementation

The implementation of the project that will move Grant PUD's customer billing and information system to "the cloud" will be slightly delayed allowing for an extensive testing phase of the new program. Initially slated for implementation in early August, a revised launch date of Sept. 21 was set early in the project. On Tuesday, Commissioners learne...
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Good results from CO2 monitoring

  Download PDF File Here Hello,Some of you may know that we've been doing some air monitoring for carbon dioxide (CO2). Based on available information, aerosols can carry the coronavirus (SARS CoV-2). Aerosols can remain airborne for long periods of time, so a correlation has been made between CO2/aerosols and ventilation and potential exposur...
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Sabey Data Centers, the Columbia Basin Foundation and Grant PUD partner to Pay it Forward during COVID

EPHRATA – Sabey Data Centers (Sabey), headquartered in Seattle, WA, recently donated 75 Chromebook computers to school districts in Grant County.Sabey operates a colocation data center campus in Quincy, WA.Sabey graciously chose to contribute to Grant PUD's Pay-it-Forward fund with the Columbia Basin Foundation. This fund provides opportunity for G...
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Commission Recap 9-8-2020: Thanks for hard work restoring power through Labor Day wind, fire

Commissioners, staff and customers Tuesday thanked Grant PUD linemen and everyone who supports them for responding to many scattered outages during the Labor Day windstorm and afternoon brushfire in the Beverly Burke area. "It was a really collaborative effort yesterday under some extremely challenging conditions," Chief Operations Officer Rich Wal...
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Sabey Data Centers, the Columbia Basin Foundation and Grant PUD partner to Pay it Forward during COVID

EPHRATA – Sabey Data Centers (Sabey), headquartered in Seattle, WA, recently donated 75 Chromebook computers to school districts in Grant County.Sabey operates a colocation data center campus in Quincy, WA.Sabey graciously chose to contribute to Grant PUD's Pay-it-Forward fund with the Columbia Basin Foundation. This fund provides opportunity for G...
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PPE Policy Updates

PPE Policy v4.2 went into effect on Monday, Aug. 31. Here's a summary of what's changed in the revised PPE policy: Face coverings that include exhalation valves may not be used indoors, in vehicles, and in outdoor environments where six feet of separation between employees cannot be maintained. For questions regarding face coverings, please contact...
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Commission recap 8/25/2020

Second-quarter updata shows finances continue strongThe latest 5-year financial forecast shows Grant PUD meeting most of its financial targets through 2025 with virtually no annual electric rate increases to customers, commissioners learned Tuesday. But conditions could change amid revenue uncertainty on the wholesale energy market and spending nee...
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Commission Recap 8-11-2020: 2020 budget’s on target through June

Grant PUD's 2020 budget is on target through June, with total expenditures of $269.5 million now forecast through year end, $1.3 million over budget pushed by higher-than-forecast capital expenditures.Capital expenditures are forecast to end the year at $109.9 million, 4% above budget, based on increased confidence in the amount of projected work t...
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Commission recap 7-28-2020: New options discussed to help COVID-impacted customers

Three different proposed options to help residential customers most financially impacted by the effects of COVID-19 could be on the way. Senior Manager of Customer Solutions, Terry McKenzie said the first two options would broaden Grant PUD's Share the Warmth offerings. Share the Warmth is a community-sponsored program administrated by Grant PUD to...
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Worth a reminder: Take care in the heat

During the summer, we must all take precautions to ensure our bodies don't get over heated. Heat exhaustion is a condition whose symptoms may include heavy sweating and a rapid pulse, a result of your body overheating. It's one of three heat-related syndromes, with heat cramps being the mildest and heatstroke being the most severe. Warning signs of...
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Neowise, through a master's eyes

Local historian and photographer Dan Bolyard captured the Neowise Comet just after midnight last weekend near his home about 6 miles southeast of Coulee City. The person in the photo is Dan, himself. "No photo manipulation was done, other than converting the raw image to jpg for sending to others," he said in an email. "Shot with a Nikon D750. It w...
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Raising the roof at Wanapum Dam

What has five layers and is larger than a football field – including end zones? The new main and side roofs on the Wanapum Dam powerhouse. Work has already begun on the $1.9 million project to replace the roof, which was last replaced in 1986 and was, by all accounts, well-overdue for a rebuild. Work should be finished by late November. A crew from...
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Read any good books lately?

We had to ask... and you responded. Check out the pages our coworkers are turning this summer. Lots of great reading here for anyone's reading list -- except, maybe, "2020 NEC Rules" (poor Ralph!) — Thanks very much to everyone who contributed, and to Annette Lovitt for the idea. Christine Pratt, Public Affairs Drummers and Dreamers by Click Reland...
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Thermal Imaging Machines Are Coming

In our continuing efforts to mitigate the threat of COVID-19, the District is acquiring two automatic thermal imaging machines. The imagers will be installed at the Hydro Office Building (HOB) and the Ephrata Service Center (ESC) around August 1. They will be tested for about a week to determine their effectiveness in accurately measuring body temp...
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Commission Recap 7-14-2020: Power Production overcomes unique challenges of COVID-19

Even with the obstacles brought by COVID-19, Power Production operations had a strong performance during the second quarter of 2020. This according to Senior Manager of Power Production Engineering, Dale Campbell as he shared highlights with commissioners of the group's ongoing efforts to safely and reliably generate power.Campbell told commissione...
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Grant PUD makes schedule changes to respond to Coronavirus threat

Our electrical service crews have been working alternating weeks to reduce their potential for exposure to Coronavirus.This necessary precaution is intended to protect the health of highly trained electrical workers, so they are available to respond to outages, make needed repairs, and still address customer service requests. Power restoration rema...
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Former GM Tony Webb retires -- PUD ‘generalist’ builds career putting people first

The pull of his wife's hometown brought Tony Webb to Ephrata. His preparation doing contract-related work at Boeing gave him the tools to get a job at Grant PUD. His people-first management style earned him on-the-job success. The embrace of his adopted community at a crucial time for the Webb Family made the Columbia Basin his home for life.Tony r...
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